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The AJ's tough guide to MIPIM 2015

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Heading to MIPIM? Read the AJ’s top 10 tips to help you make the most of your trip to Europe’s biggest property fair

Leading international property fair MIPIM is about to kick off in the south of France. If you’re lucky enough to be going this year, it’s time to dig out the sunglasses, find that passport down the back of the sofa and head off by plane or train for some serious global networking. But what are the other key things to remember? Here AJ presents 10 other things not to forget in Cannes.

MIPIM 2012

1. Get organised – but not too organised. There are almost 3,000 developers in attendance at this year’s MIPIM plus around 1,700 local authorities so you need to familiarise yourself with times for the key presentations and events that you deem crucial, and work out where they are beforehand. But be sure not to diarise every waking moment. Serendipity can often lead to the best opportunities.

David Partridge, managing partner, Argent

2. Meet Argent boss David Partridge (pictured) at the AJ Argent Airport City charrette exhibition on Thursday morning at The Manchester Bar (8am-9.30am). Partridge and Argent colleague Ruairidh Jackson will join the AJ’s Rory Olcayto at the event, which showcases the charrette work featured in the current issue of the magazine. Architects Ben Adams, Matt Ollier and Alaster Smurthwaite, who took part in the project, will also be attending. Strong coffee and inspiration available.

3. Don’t neglect meetings and events outside the secure zone. Lots of clients and consultants like the convenience and flexibility of meeting elsewhere in Cannes such as engineer Price & Myers which holds an excellent party each year, this time on the Wednesday lunchtime.

MIPIM 2014, Otaniemi in Finland

4. Visit the City stands, particularly those hosted by design-savvy authorities like Stockholm and those in Finland. And check out the new German Cities and Regions pavilion too. Our European neighbours are genuinely interested in UK design and there is work to be had. Don’t be shy.

The Cycle 2 Cannes riders arrive at MIPIM 2014

5. Welcome the Cycle 2 Cannes riders in. This year’s riders, taking part in the 10th edition of Cycle 2 MIPIM, will have pedalled all the way from London - some 1,452km – in aid of charities including children’s charity Coram. You can cheer their last few metres in person on the Tuesday (10th March) and there’s a chance you might meet Boris Johnson, who usually welcomes them in. You can also follow their progress on Twitter using #CYCLETOMIPIM10

MIPIM 2012

6. Visit the Carlton Club. You may have been lucky enough to receive an invitation to the exclusive Carlton Club, boldly described by organiser Wordsearch as the ‘only civilised late-night networking opportunity’ at MIPIM and taking place on Wednesday and Thursday nights. If not, you may be able to get in as a guest of one of the lucky few as long as you (or they) are prepared to cough up €150 in cash one of those evenings.

7. Join a Flash Mob. When you are sick of presentations and meetings, head to one of the three flash mobs at the Asset Health Club for a more informal opportunity to make connections. There will be three mobs, related to Logistics, Healthcare and Hospitality each lasting less than an hour. The MIPIM website www.mipim.com has more details. 

Le Crillon in Cannes

8. Check out the Manchester stand. OK so we’re bigging up Manchester once again but there is a reason that firms such as Feilden Clegg Bradley Studio and Hawkins\Brown have recently opened offices in the city. Manchester’s top clients including city council boss Sir Howard Bernstein will be at MIPIM in force and, besides, the Manchester stand has a deserved reputation as one of the best. And the so-called Manchester Bar - the nearby Crillon mentioned above (and pictured left) - is a non-London networker’s heaven.

Rory Olcayto

Source: David Butler

Rory Olcayto

9. Meet the AJ. Acting editor Rory Olcayto and news editor Richard Waite will be in town so do say hello for a chat. Otherwise join the AJ Twitter conversation using #ajmipim and through @roryolcayto or @waitey

10. Take aspirin and resolve. It could get messy. 

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